Beach wedding – Mel and Luke

Where’s Warneet? I had no idea until I looked it up and realised I’d been driving past it for my whole life without realising. Tucked away near Tooradin, and right on the calm waters of Western Port, it was no surprise to find that it was popular with lots and lots of boaties. And what a beautiful spot for a beach wedding, in the “boat shed” beside the very charming little Warneet Motor Yacht Club.

This beach wedding was a fairly short engagement for me as Mel and Luke wanted me to cover just the ceremony and their portraits afterwards. I did sneak into the reception room pre-wedding though to make sure I captured the table details and cake and stuck around to cover the first part of the reception.

Luke arrived in plenty of time and with the intimate ceremony for only around 50 guests, it wasn’t long until they all arrived too. It seemed like no-one was there, and then all of a sudden they all arrived and we were ready for our beautiful bride.

And when the gorgeous Mel arrived in bright sunshine, she absolutely shone coming down the aisle into the shade of the boathouse. A simple but personal ceremony by the lovely Robyn Rodda (from Robyn’s Weddings) later and they were married 🙂

Enjoy this sneak peek guys – loved working with you and capturing your beautiful beach wedding.

Beach wedding – Warneet Motor Yacht Club

A couple of photography notes! It’s always challenging as the photographer when you’re shooting a beach wedding (or beachside), and your subjects are in deep shadow with a huge amount of backlighting.

In this case, I took some test shots in the space and got some settings that would give me a decent exposure of the background, being super bright with the sun, sea and sky all very bright compared to being inside the boathouse.

Then I set the camera to manual, and then set my flashes to manual as well, to balance out the light on Mel and Luke so that we saw all of the detail on them as well.

Just a couple of thoughts on how I captured these images, it’s not always easy when they’re strongly backlit. And that often happens where you have awesome views – like Yacht Clubs! 🙂

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